The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led far behind in 40 seats, election officials said. Even the Janata Dal-Secular was ahead of the BJP in eight seats.
The Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) of former BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa was ahead of others in 11 constituencies.
The assembly has 224 elected and one nominated members. Election took place Sunday for 223 seats as election was cancelled in one constituency after the BJP candidate died.